Mother’s Day Cards

Either late, or early depending on where you live!

These are the cards I made for Mother’s Day this year. I waited until after the day as my mother reads all my blog posts. She also still watches to make sure I cross the road safely, and yet this is something I have been accomplishing without incident for years…

For the first I used some Tonic dies I have had for a long time. They are very adaptable as you can cut the hearts out completely or leave them in the card. I decided to make a kind of layered window effect, so the top layer has the larger heart cut into it and the second layer has the smaller sentiment. It doesn’t show up too successfully in my pictures, I’m afraid! As I was going for an all cream card I thought I needed a bit more interested so rummaged through my embossing folder trough and selected one from Sizzix that has some pretty details but is not an all-over pattern. Sometimes a little bit of blank space is good. I tied the ribbon knot and thought I had finished, but then changed my mind and added the trail of pearls too.

mothers day heartmothers day heart 2mothers day floral muse

The second card is made with Dovecraft Floral Muse papers. I know I have used these a few times now, but they are my current ’go to’ when really pretty and feminine patterns are required. I was inspired by something I saw on Pinterest, but I changed it up a bit and added several details of my own. The various layers of papers were edged with Vintage Photo Distress Ink to give them some definition. Butterflies were fussy cut from one of the pages in the pad and then I spent ages trying to find a good match in my ink colours for the sentiment. Many a green was tried and tossed and finally I went with Brilliance Pearlescent Beige. A few more pearls again (well, why not?) and I was happy. Oh, and another doily from my doily mountain has been used….

Supplies: Dovecraft Floral Muse paper pad; Clearly Besotted Mini Banner stamp and die; Tonic On Mother’s Day Affections Insert die set; Sizzix embossing folder (it has no name on it!); string pearls from The Ribbon Room and individual pearls from Dreamees

 

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Not rocket science

The mojo is now requiring CPR. Or maybe it just needs a personality transplant. I have decided to take the pressure off myself, stop fretting about it, chill. It‘s only card and paper after all.

So today it is back to basics. Make something (hopefully) pretty with dies and stamps. That’s it. No rocket science, no lab coat required.

Tonic lattice header

tonic lattice header detail

Supplies: the Ton Rose Background stamp; Altenew Cotton Candy ink; Tonic dies – Just for You and the header lattice is part of a set called Ornate Elegance; Xcut dies – for the tiny little hearts; vellum from Woodware

Did you know there are 3 ‘O’s in Altenew?

Well for me, today there are. As a little pay day present to myself I bought the Altenew Painted Flowers stamps. I have wanted these for a long time, but nobody seemed to have them in stock. But this week, on the off chance, I did a search and got lucky. Delivery received, I rip open the packaging with the haste of a 5 year old child on Christmas morning, dig out the inks and well, this is what happened:

AN painted flower stage 1AN painted flowers stage 2AN painted flower stage 3

Three ‘Oh’s. Count ’em!

Sorry, I  got carried away with myself and cut the last one out before I remembered to take the photo. I’m sure you know the feeling.

I have only tried the one flower from the set, but so far, so super easy. I expect these will feature a lot in the next few projects. In the meantime I just had to rustle up one quick effort before going for a girlie lunch because it would have been rude not to.

AN painted flowers card yellow

Something cheerful, for a sunny day, or a sunny disposition.

Supplies: Altenew Painted Flowers stamps; Altenew inks – Jet Black, Dusk, Ocean Waves; Spellbinders Charmed, I’m Sure tag die; Crafts Too dotty embossing folder; American Crafts yellow cardstock

Deja vu

Same card, but different…

I guess this might be a bit dull for an onlooker, but I don’t suppose I am the only one who, having made a card they like once, more or less does the same thing again. I didn’t mean to, but as I was browsing and wondering what to do next, it occurred to me that the effect I used in my previous post would work well with this Craftwork Cards More Than Words paper. The kit also had some pretty hearts and sentiments, but no pennants. No problem, they are easy to make yourself from scraps.

Can I invoke the rule of ‘if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ here? Or is it just that I might as well have two for the effort of one? Well I am trying to diminish my stash, but productively, so anything which helps this happen has to be good. Plus I really, really wanted to make something with this lovely paper!

CWC More than words card

I was going to layer it all on to black, but plumped for grey in the end. I think either would have been fine but today is a day for soft, not dramatic.

 

Correspondence (of) Course

Craftwork Cards again, this time the Correspondence range. Soft, vintage colours, postal images, a definite French feel and right up my street, banging on the door and demanding to be given a good home. Who was I to argue? This is such a simple card to make – one sheet of backing paper, most of a page of hearts and pennants (there are still some left). Ink the edges a bit, and curl and gently crease some of the shapes a little for extra dimension. Add pearls, a smudge of glitter to the butterfly’s wings and a couple of baker’s twine bows. I am almost 100% happy with it, I just wish the bows had been a little bit softer and that I had left the tails a little longer. There’s always something, isn’t there?

CWC correspondence card - flags

No long list of supplies – the only thing I didn’t mention was that the ink used was Tim Holtz Old Paper!

 

Rediscovered Roses

I’m still rediscovering stamping. The inky kind, not the hissy fit kind (although sometimes the latter is tempting). This means trawling through boxes of old stash, usually looking for one thing and finding another. Sometimes I have no idea what possessed me to buy the sorry item I have found, but sometimes a little nugget of gorgeousness fights its way to the surface and winks beguilingly at you, just begging to be used. This has just happened. Whoo hoo!

It is Wednesday, so it has to be quick and easy again. “No point in adding extra pressure by trying to produce a midweek masterpiece” was my original resolve when I decided to try and make a card a day. I have already flunked that anyway, and now I have for some mad reason decided to up the ante and sometimes try for two! I can’t even explain or justify the logic of this to myself…

This Darkroom Door stamp is divine, and straight away a couple of ideas popped into my head. Here is the simplest one to accomplish:

Cream and grey look classy and a bit softer than cream and black – although I love that combination too! The embossing folder is from Tonic, the punch is a Martha Stewart one and the heart was in a mixed batch of embellishments that I have also had since for ever.

OK. now off to try and rustle up card number two…..it might be a plaster stuck on a blank card with Get Well Soon scribbled underneath it….would that count??

 

Been out, come in, card, done, goodnight!

Just a quick one today. I have been out and busy, but still need to make something. Quick is clearly my new mantra. But what?? After a trial separation lasting many years I have fallen back in love with stamping, and currently Altenew stamps are my crafting equivalent of  Daniel Craig/George Clooney/Cary Grant/Lady Gaga/(insert your idol here). The stamps have lovely clean lines and the sentiments that are in a small, neat font particularly work so well they make me do the happy crafter hand clappy dance thing. We all know it, right?

altenew cupcake card

Pink and grey all the way! Looks better in real life, I promise!

altenew cupcake detail

Heart-shaped box

I have just tried out my new heart box dies. This is the first one, warts and all:

kraft heart box

I used some very sturdy patterned Kanban kraft card I have had for years. It’s not a terrible effort, but you can see it is untidy at the top. Also around the ‘shoulders’ of the heart it is not a seamless join. So I tried again.

Attempt number two is now introducing itself to the contents of the bin. It has plenty of other craft disasters there to keep it company. I tried making it from really thin card, thinking it would be easier to bend into shape, but actually it just magnified every flaw. I can’t show you a photo because I screwed it up in frustration!

So, how about a medium weight cardstock? Ladies and gentlemen, I give you attempt number three:

This time before adhering the side panels I went over the fold lines on the base and lid with a ball embossing tool, hoping that this would help the heart shaping of the shoulders to happen, and paid more attention to getting the join at the top neatly finished. Better, but not perfect. Still, I liked it enough to stick a ribbon on it.

So, am I happy with my purchase? Yes, I think so, but I need to play with these dies some more to get the best out of them. I can think of worse things to have to do!!

Size does matter

You only find out why if you read on….

Today I was out and about. A week off work – whoop de doop – and my mother is hunting for some new furniture so abroad we went. Not in the passport requiring way, just out, really. Window shopping. Except nobody bought any windows.

Aaaaaanyway. Whilst out, I came across some cute small white pegs with heart adornments. Gorgeous. Meant as wedding stationery, apparently, but brides don’t get all the fun. £1.99 for 20 meant they had a new home at my place.

Shopping over, I am home and admiring my hearty pegs. BABY CARD shouted the inner voice, in capitals, so as to not be ignored. I wanted something quick, but really pretty, so the Louise Tiler digikits in Serif CraftArtist seemed perfect.

Happy with my choice I selected the pram filled with flowers as the main image. Then I made my own background paper using a matching floral embellishment, copied, pasted, and twisted around for randomness. Whenever I do this kind of project I try to fill the page with extra bits and pieces, maybe images I was dithering over, because you never know what might happen when you go to put it together and I hate wasting posh paper having to print that one thing you realise at the end is just what you need.

I decide to use a fancy tag die I have had for years, because it is so pretty. I cut the background paper to size for my card and the pram image with the tag die. All going swimmingly.  I fetch the hearty peg and voila!  Except the hearty peg is too big for the pram tag, and stands too proud from the top, and just looks all wrong, really. My balloon is well and truly deflated. But then good old Brain remembers what it is there for…….MATCHING GIFT BAG?? it proffers, tentatively, given my darkening mood. Hurrah. We are back in the game.

Back to Serif, make another sheet of background paper reducing the image size, dig out the trusty WRMK gift bag punch board and rustle up a bag to fit the peg. Yes, really, a bag to fit the peg. Don’t judge me. I can do it fine myself.

LT baby girl floral

LT baby girl floral plain background

And this is why size matters.

Mixing print and pattern

So, I usually like pretty much everything Craftwork Cards produce, but the Heritage Rose range is possibly my favourite. Or at least it is at the moment, anyway! It includes the rose images that are so popular right now, plus the most gorgeous patterned papers. They go together in that ‘almost clashing but actually looking fab’ kind of way. I love every last spot, stripe and squiggle of them.

This first card is just simple hearts:

CWC Heritage Rose 4

They are edged with Glamour Dust but you can’t tell!

This one is a good way to use up those little strips you don’t want to throw away:

CWC Heritage Rose 1

And here’s another heart, also with invisible Glamour Dust!

CWC Heritage Rose 2

I think it is the pop of black and white that really does it for me.